What’s more important than a travel budget?
In almost three years of writing on this blog this is the first time EVER I’m going to write about money. When my partner and I decided to quit our jobs and simply travel our friends’ most common questions where about “How are you financing this?”, “How much will it cost?” or more presumptiously “Wow, you really must have a lot of money!”.
I’d be lying if I told you a road trip, or any travel for that matter, is cheap. Also, before you get the wrong idea we’re not really filthy rich (oh boy, at least not in a monetary sense).
The truth, a hard learned fact from our experience, is it doesn’t matter how much or little money you have to travel because ultimately it will never be enough to make all your dreams come true.
While we’ve saved as much money as we possible could before we launched our road trip and reduced all our regular expenses while travelling as much as possible, the one thing that is a whole lot more important than having a big fat travel budget is knowing what you really want.
I know, this may sound a bit cryptic. Let me explain. Since your budget will be very likely a finite resource let’s not fret that fact. IT WILL RUN OUT. The only way to sweeten this bitter truth is to think about what the three most important things are that you want to take away from your travels.
Is it this day-tour to a remote island on a sailing boat? The hiking trip around a famous mountain, a cave tour exploring dark and forgotten worlds? Name it! Write them down. Talk to your travel companion about what it is you want to do.
Then, the next step: find out how much money you need to do exactly those three things. Easy? Ah well, it’s harder to narrow down the list of things than you might think. And it’s oh so much harder to realise that this one weekend-trip you’d love to do would blow your budget so much so that it’d
eradicate fresh food from your diet for the next six years…
Now that you know what you want and how much it is everything else falls into place – save up your money, buy your tickets, book the tour – or whatever it is that tickles your fancy.
In my travel guide I’ve dedicated an entire chapter about budgeting for a road trip around Australia. If that’s the place you want to explore you might like to sass out my book.